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In this book, the authors introduce high impact practices (HIPs) to the reader. Eleven HIPs are described, that are empirically shown to increase student engagement and retention rates. Each HIP is presented in its own section, opening with a chapter summarizing the best practices prescribed by scholars of teaching and learning. Each subsequent chapter within a section presents an example of the implementation of that HIP with concrete suggestions and resources intended to aid a novice in attempting to implement the HIP. The text opens with a chapter describing some of the trends, considerations and benefits of HIPs which have emerged, briefly summarizing the contributions of each.

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Brief Table of Contents 1
Chapter 1: High Impact Educational Practices: A Review of Best Practices with Illustrative Examples 5
Section 1: High Impact Practices which shape the whole undergraduate curriculum 28
High Impact Practice 1: First Year Experiences as a High Impact Practice 29
Chapter 2: Best Practices - An Introduction to the Psychology Major Course 30
Chapter 3: “How to Think Like a Psychologist”: A Hybrid First-Year Seminar 44
Chapter 4: Reflections on Adding a One-Credit Orientation to the Major Class to the Psychology Curriculum 54
Chapter 5: Learner-Centered Orientation Seminar in Psychology 61
Chapter 6: Harnessing the Evidence to Advocate for a Mandatory First Year University Experience Class: A Case Study 115
High Impact Practice 2: Capstone Courses as a High Impact Practice 125
Chapter 7: Best Practices - The Capstone Course in Psychology: Addressing Challenges and Incorporating Best Practices 126
Chapter 8: Back to the Books: Achieving Capstone Course Goals with Popular Psychology Books 140
Chapter 9: Using History and Choice to Spark Engagement in a Capstone Course Assignment 151
Chapter 10: Equipping Undergraduates as Ambassadors for Communicating Psychological Science 161
Chapter 11: Journals, posters, labs and research, Oh My! High-impact practices for a cognitive psychology capstone 178
High Impact Practice 3: Undergraduate Research Experiences as a High Impact Practice 198
Chapter 12: Best Practices - Considerations for the Implementation of Undergraduate Research Experiences 199
Chapter 13: Research Team: Impactful Team Building and Professional Skills 226
Chapter 14: Pulling Off a DIS: Helping Students Excel in a Directed Independent Study 242
Chapter 15: Cultivating Diverse Undergraduate Research Experiences 255
Section 2: High Impact Practices which center on collaboration and social learning 261
High Impact Practice 4: Collaborative Learning as a High Impact Practice 262
Chapter 16: Best Practices - The Guiding Principle for Small-Group Learning: Interaction Not Dependence 263
Chapter 17: Collaborative Assignments and Projects to Address Real-world Issues: Using a PSA Group Project to Combat Stigma 275
Chapter 18: W.O.W. I Feel Better! Using wellness interventions to promote collaboration and presentation effectiveness. 283
Chapter 19: Team-Based Learning: A Transformative Tool for Teaching Psychology 294
Chapter 20: Process-Oriented Guided-Inquiry Learning (POGIL) in Psychology 316
High Impact Practice 5: Learning Communities as a High Impact Practice 355
Chapter 21: Best Practices - Learning Communities 356
Chapter 22: Student Success in Psychology-English (Thinking, Feeling, Doing: Psychology, Literature, and Life) Learning Communities 363
Chapter 23: Using Undergraduate Research Projects to Achieve the Student Learning Outcomes in First-Year Learning Communities 382
Chapter 24: A Decade of Thriving: Learning From One Faculty Learning Community’s Success 403
Section 3: High Impact Practices which build social awareness 417
High Impact Practice 6: Diversity and Global Education as a High Impact Practice 418
Chapter 25: Best Practices - Diversity and Global Learning in High Impact Practices 419
Chapter 26: Internationalizing the Curriculum with United Nations Resources 429
Chapter 27: Death Education as a High-Impact Practice 443
Chapter 28: To Walk Like an Elephant – International Practicum Experiences 459
Chapter 29: Diversity/Global Learning: Intergroup Conflict Analysis and Interventions Assignment 464
High Impact Practice 7: Study Abroad as a High Impact Practice 470
Chapter 30: Best Practices - Education Abroad Experiences 471
Chapter 31: Bon Voyage: Tips for Developing a Short-term, Faculty-led, Psychology Study Abroad Program 484
Chapter 32: “Zehn” (10) Issues Students May Want to Consider When Studying Abroad 496
Chapter 33: Tension and Connection in Study Abroad 513
Section 4: High Impact Practices that Support Students’ Professional Development 524
High Impact Practice 8: Internships as a High Impact Practice 525
Chapter 34: Internship Start Up: Best Practices and Results from a Case Study 526
Independent-samples t-test results 528
Chapter 35: Internships: The Example of Arcadia University 539
Chapter 36: Communication as Best Practice for the High-Impact Practice of Internships 551
Chapter 37: Self-Exploration Exercise for Internship Students 562
High Impact Practice 9: Service Learning as a High Impact Practice 569
Chapter 38:  Service Learning: A Review of Best Practices 570
Chapter 39: Service beyond the Methods: Integrating Service Learning into Psychology Research Methods 584
Chapter 40: High impact practices in abstract classes: Using service-learning to improve student outcomes in undergraduate statistics courses 599
Chapter 41: Developmental Psychology in Action: Service Learning in a Nursing Home 617
Chapter 42: The Benefits of Service-Learning: A Comparison of Lower and Upper Division Psychology Courses 623
Chapter 43: Mentoring Up: Intergenerational Service-Learning Combats Aging Stereotypes 632
Chapter 44: Intergenerational and Impactful: Integrating Service-Learning in Aging-Related Undergraduate Psychology Courses 644
Section 5: High Impact Practices which use digital learning technologies 652
High Impact Practice 10: Online Education as a High Impact Practice 653
Chapter 45: High-impact Practices in Online Courses 654
Chapter 46: Becoming our own Bloodhounds: How to seek and find the information we need 669
Chapter 47: Using Big Problems to Explore Diversity and Global Issues Online 681
High Impact Practice 11: ePortfolios as a High Impact Practice 692
Chapter 48: The Value of ePortfolios in the Psychology Curriculum 693
Chapter 49: Using a Capstone E-portfolio to Support Life Authorship at Spelman College 708


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We suggest that the overall text be referenced in this fashion:

Schwartz, A. & Miller, R. L. (Eds.). (2020). High Impact Educational Practices: A Review of Best Practices with Illustrative Examples. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site:

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Copeland, D. E. (2020). Best practices – an introduction to the psychology major course. In Schwartz, A. & Miller, R. L. (Eds.). High Impact Educational Practices: A Review of Best Practices with Illustrative Examples (pp. 29-43). Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site:

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